April 19, 2012

Title: Kiss of Frost
Author:Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher: Kensington
Published: November 29, 2011
Pages: 354

From the publisher: I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…

Celeste’s review: This picks up right where the first book left off. With Logan as Gwen’s personal combat trainer I was oh-so-ready for a romance. But alas, the UST is really heating up now. Why oh why can’t they be together?!?

This book soon takes place at the Winter Carnival, a tradition for all at Mythos Academy and similar schools. It sounds divine and out of this world, but totally normal to all the students, except for Gwen who was not raised in this environment. We now know that Gwen is in serious danger, but she can’t help but try and figure out who the Reaper is that is trying to hurt her.

We start to get to know a lot of the secondary characters better at this point and I really ended up loving them all! From Daphne to Oliver to Kenzie. But my favorite is Vic. OMG. I LOVE VIC. yes, that is a shouty love I can’t stop laughing when I read his parts. He is genius.

I kept waiting for Logan to give into his feelings that he has for Gwen, but in the meantime watched Gwen try to enjoy herself among all the couples at the Winter Carnival, from her best friend Daphne and boyfriend Carson to Logan and Savannah (ick!). So she was delighted when Preston, the very cute guy from another academy, seemed to be interested in her….and Logan was jealous. Of course nothing is that simple, and you throw in a Fenrir wolf, an avalanche, and some serious combat scenes on top of the UST, the intensity level was pretty high. All this led me to turning the pages as fast as I could read, and yes, I finished in one sitting.

Not only are the secondary characters and the hero well done, but I love how our heroine Gwen really comes into her own in this 2nd installment. She finally realizes she isn’t a “nobody”. However, it was a natural transgression even in her wild world that was very well written. I was never rolling my eyes, I was just wishing she were real so we could be friends. She also wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to Logan and I love her for that. There are no games, she plain out admits she likes him. He just needs to give in now too! Ha, it always comes back to the romance for me. ♥

To top it off the ending of this story was very smooth, tidy, and lovely, with clear goals in mind for the next book. Speaking of the next book, Dark Frost, I can’t wait to start it straight away. It’s a fab series!

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